Plan Ahead

Plan Ahead

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I love planning. In fact, I have several planner notebooks I keep for events, projects and tasks, even one for my church ministry work. I love to be organized and it actually helps me feel more productive. Spontaneity isn’t my strong suit. But occasionally, I might hop out the house on an excursion with hubby without planning ahead on where we’re going…but most of the time when that happens I always feel like I left something at home!

Having goals and plans is a great thing for the future. I think The Lord wants us to dream and have vision. In fact, He gives us the ability to desire looking ahead and He said the people perish for lack of vision (Proverbs 29:18). I remember when I was dating, I was always turned off by guys that had no ambition or vision for their life. Some just seemed like they wanted to piggyback on me and I wasn’t having that! I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do for a living when growing up, but I did know that I wanted to do something and be someone. I didn’t want to just take up space on earth.

Speaking of earth, we also need to plan for Heaven. How in the world do we do that? Well, God said to watch and wait for His coming return. Watching, in this sense, means to me to live our lives everyday mindful of Jesus. Getting up each day and having quality time with Him, reading His word everyday, fellowshipping with brothers and sisters in church, working in ministries using the gifts He’s given us are just examples of watching for His return. The most important way to prepare for Heaven is to really love The Lord and keep Him first in your life. Don’t let the cares of this world pull you away from Jesus. Nothing in this world matters and none of it will help you or I get to Heaven. If we can draw more closely to God each day, He will become more to us than anyone or anything.

Life is short for sure. None of us knows how much more time we have. We have to think of today as the last day and I don’t mean that in a morbid sense, but just to realize that you don’t want to leave earth with unfinished business. For example, I wanted my loved ones to hear me tell them I loved them and appreciated them. I did this everyday and I’m so glad I did, because most of them are now passed on. I would have had a lot of guilt had I never said, “I love you” to my mom or grandmom. I couldn’t live thinking they knew how I felt. We need to hear that we’re loved and so does God. It’s important as we prepare to be with Him that we show Him in our actions and our words how much He really means to us. Then when the day comes that we come to Him face to face, we won’t have any guilt that we never showed Him how much we loved and appreciated Him.

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Kim McDougal

Kim is the founder and creator of Growing Up in Grace. By day, she's the Director of Interactive Communications for the Hispanic chamber located in Jax, FL. Kim also owns "Kim's Studio Art" where she creates and sells Wall Art Printables and "Kim's Handcrafted Cards" on eBay where she creates and sells handmade greeting cards.